It takes months for victims of rape and gender-based violence to receive counselling and this makes them feel neglected and causes them to blame themselves for the crimes committed against them.
After spending 17 years in an abusive marriage, Koena Selemela (46), penned her experience in a book called Healing Poems. This is an anthology documenting details of her horrific past as they unfolded every day.
A group of Tembisa women, once victims of domestic abuse, have joined together to encourage other victims and help them escape from abusive situations. Marcia Moyana writes that the Women Safety Promoters (WSP) as they call themselves, want to ensure that women from Tembisa who are victims of physical and sexual abuse receive support.